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Farewell ! Farewell ! beloved shade,
Long shall thy memory linger here, Till they that loved thee too are dead,
And mingling in another sphere ; Where death's cold hand can never tear The ties that bound us shortly here.
Oh! happy was that change to thee,
When death appeared without a frown ;
Displayed thy bright unfading crown!
Well may they weep, who round thee hung,
The church shall long thy loss deplore ;
On earth shall praise our God no more :
No more by care and sorrow worn,
The voice reproves each dull delay; And O no more shall they who mourn,
Hear thy kind voice in sorrow's day : And who shall them conduct and guide, On life's tempestuous swelling tide ?
• Still trust in God !' our hearts may hear
The parting words—the last he gave,
Which brought him quickly to the grave!
Then, may our souls devoutly think,
How short a step divides the tomb;
And moments soon will seal our doom !
HE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB.
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold ; And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea, When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.
Like the leaves of the forest when summer is green,
For the angel of death spread his wings on the blast,
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword, Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord !
TO A MOTH FLYING ROUND THE FLAME
OF A CANDLE.
Fond, fluttering insect, cease to urge thy fate,
Thy silken wing presenting to the flame;
Ere the false day devour thy filmy frame.
There, take thy chance, poor heedless innocent,
I catch thee, life and freedom to restore ;
And live thy little life's short period o'er.
Ah! why, like thee, will man destruction brave,
With blind temerity provoke his doom,
And madly hasten where he must consume !
Scorched he returns, the experienced ill defies,
EXTRACT FROM MOURNFUL RECOLLEC
It is an easy task, for hearts at rest,